It appears Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will be the first candidate to announce a 2014 bid to replace Gov. Martin O’Malley.
According to reporting by The Washington Post, an invitation from Brown has begun circulating among backers to save May 10 as a date for “a very special announcement" at Prince George’s Community College.
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is considered the other top Democratic contender at the moment. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is also considering a run, as is, apparently, Congressman and former Baltimore County Executive C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger.
"He’s considering it, but right now he’s very much focused on representing Maryland’s Second District,” Ruppersberger spokeswoman Jaime Lennon wrote in an email to The Post. “He loves the job he has.”
Brown has degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, serving in the House of Delegates before becoming Lt. Governor. He is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and, according to his official Maryland state bio, is the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to serve in Iraq.
Among other duties and responsibilities, Brown has overseen the O’Malley administration’s work in implementing new state health care initiatives and Maryland's preparation for the new military base alignment known as BRAC.